IRVING, Texas - Former NW Guilford star and Elon senior catcher Alex Swim has been selected as a third-team member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America squad.
As a junior, Swim led the team and tied for third in the Southern Conference with a .357 batting average. His 86 hits were also a team-high and tied for the third-highest hit total ever by an Elon player in a season. He posted 11 doubles, one triple and three homers while driving in 45 runs and stealing seven bases. Swim struck out just 13 times in 2011, ranking as the 12th toughest player to strike out in the nation (one strikeout per every 18.5 at bats). During his personal-best 25-game hitting streak, Swim claimed both NCBWA National Hitter and SoCon Player of the Week on April 2. His season performance helped him earn team MVP accolades along with first-team All-SoCon and all-state honors. Swim was selected in the 36th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Entering his senior campaign, Swim ranks in Elon's career top 10 in hits (9th with 222) and at bats (10th with 703). The Greensboro, N.C., native is a career .316 hitter who has scored 113 runs, driven in 118 run and recorded 36 doubles.
Swim and the Phoenix will open the 2013 season with a 3 p.m. game against Marist on Feb. 15 as part of the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational.
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